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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Pleasanton Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Valerie Arkin

14,736 votes (23.26%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Student Achievement - maintaining and enhancing our high quality education and programs
  • Fiscal Responsibility / Transparency - Being accountable with public funds and transparent in all decisions.
  • Facilities and Technology - Providing 21st century facilities and technology for students



Profession:Incumbent / Trustee
Board of Trustees, Pleasanton Unified School District — Elected position (2008–current)


California Lutheran University Master of Business Administration, MBA - Organizational Psychology option (1991)
California State University, Northridge Bachelor of Science , Health Science (Health Administration option) (1985)

Community Activities

Board member, Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council (2015–current)


Having been a Trustee on the Pleasanton Unified School District School Board for 8 years, I am running for re-election in order to continue my service for another term.  It has been an honor and privilege to serve and I want to continue advocating for the students in my community.  I served as Board President for 2 terms and I have been on the Special Education Board for 3 years.  I was elected by my peers in the Bay Area to serve as a Delegate to the California School Boards Association and have been serving in that capacity for 4 years.   I am a former Pleasanton Library Commissioner and I previously served on the Board of the Tri-Valley YMCA.  I have also continously served as a school volunteer for 20 years.  A 23 year resident of Pleasanton, I have been married for 30 years and have 3 children ages 24, 21, and 16 (all former or current PUSD students).  I have a B.S. degree in Health Science and a Masters degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.). 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Tom Pico, Former Mayor of Pleasanton
  • Frank Brandes, Former Mayor of Pleasanton
  • Cindy McGovern, Former Pleasanton City Council

Organizations (2)

  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Tri-Valley Democratic Party

Elected Officials (6)

  • Eric Swalwell, Member of Congress, 15th Congressional District
  • Amy Miller, Dublin School Board
  • Mark Miller, Pleasanton School Board
  • Karla Brown, Pleasanton City Council
  • Kathy Narum, Pleasanton City Council
  • Nate Miley, Alameda County Supervisor, District 4

Individuals (10)

  • Sharrell Michelotti, Former Pleasanton City Council
  • Brock Roby, Pleasanton Human Services Commission
  • Jay Galvin, Pleasanton Housing Commission
  • Christine Steiner, Former Pleasanton Housing Commission
  • Kelly Cousins, Pleasanton Library Commission
  • Joan Nibert, Pleasanton Library Commission
  • Dave Wright, President, Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council
  • Nancy Allen, Pleasanton Planning Commission
  • Greg O'Connor, Pleasanton Planning Commission
  • Doug Miller, Alameda County Veterans Affairs Commission

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Valerie Arkin:

The LCFF funding formula requires a Local Control Accountability Plan that involves staff and community.  This community panel meets monthly and presents the LCAP to the Board for approval.  Our district presents the LCAP at a public meeting and it is fully described in detail.  PTA's have presented information on this subject at their sites and our meetings with PTA Presidents and Admin have made presentations on this subject.  

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Student Achievement and learning is a priority of mine.  I want to coninute our vision of excellence and high performance by advocating for programs and services that help our students reach their maximum potential.  I believe that ALL children can learn if given the resources needed to succeed.  Having opportunities and options available will help them success academically, socially, and emotionally.  Fiscal responsibility is another priority.  Being accountable to the public and transparent in decisions is important and I will continue my oversight in this area by governing with discipline and discretion.  Facilities and technology are important in order to provide 21st century learning to students.  Effective communication is yet another priority.  I work collaboratively with teachers, staff, parents, and students and I listen to all stakeholders in order to make the best decisions for kids.  I invest the time necessary to be an effective Board member and I am thorough, detail-oriented, and fair.  I am passionate about youth and education and I will continue to work to ensure that all of our students graduate with the skills they need to succeed in a global economy and prepared to be socially responsible adults.  My website is

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